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"Modern Tranquility in Thai Style!"
We stayed in the "White Elephant Suite" in Sept. 2015 and loved what it offered --- the best and largest accommodation with a large balcony in the back of the property. You do pay a little more but you get much more luxury, privacy, space and best of all "River View". The hotel location is just a little bit out of the city center...but well worth it as long as you are aware of its short comings.
"A "Gem" to find in Chiang Mai..!"
I stayed at this Boutique hotel 2x's before...it's on the Ping River, which makes breakfast a relaxed time to start the day. The Staff is and was, wonderful, polite, and professional. The traffic goes away, as soon as you enter the lobby. With the popular big name hotels, comes a loss for privacy, and in this Boutique, you will know it has both the location to downtown, and still give you a one on one type of attention. I'll go back.
"Beautiful Hotel with a few issues"
We stayed for 5 nights. The hotel is lovely - Thai style with a beautiful lobby. Breakfast by the river was nice and the staff was very welcoming and helpful - especially the men with the whistles who help you back up the car into traffic! But there are two problems - the mosque and the hard beds. The hotel is near a mosque and the early morning call to prayer is loud - even with ear plugs in it woke us up around 5 am. Plus the beds are very hard. We've lived in Asia so we know that that is preferred but these were extreme! Jet-lag is hard enough to get over and worse with bad sleep!
"Beautiful setting and helpful staff"
Pros -Seriously stunning grounds and rooms. Right next to the river with lovely lawns -Great decoration throughout -Adequate breakfast, nice to eat next to river -Helpful staff (security guard would run to open door for you) -free bike hire Cons -Mattress was very hard -Around 10 minutes to main area but still easy enough (TIP -Use uber to get around, much cheaper than tuk tuk and taxi)
"Breakfast Beside the Ping River"
The Aruntara Riverside appears to be quite a new boutique hotel. Everything is fresh and ship-shape. Architectually, the hotel is quite beautiful. There is a large reception area, an open courtyard leading to a large lawn and then the serene Ping River. Breakfast can be taken beside the river, although there is also an air-conditioned room for the less romantic/more mosquito-prone. Next to the lawn, but tucked away unobtrusively, is an adequate-sized swimming pool. The hotel also has a spa offering a bewildering array of treatments and aromatic balms. Our bedroom was quite attractive, modern, nicely laid out and reasonably spacious. There are, I think, some larger rooms with balconies which look out over the lawn and the river, but these may be more expensive. The hotel staff were delightful and really professional (if that isn't an oxymoron). Always there with a 'wai' and a smile, and as helpful as one could wish. The security guard out front also went out of his way to flag down a tuk tuk or a song thaew, ensure they knew where we needed to go, and that we paid the local and not the farang fare. The boutique hotel's location next to the river comes at a slight cost of being away from the heart of the action in and around the old city of Chiang Mai, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Most of the time the hotel is quiet and peaceful. It is located on the edge of a small Muslim community, it seems, and, having in the past lived in both Malaysia and Indonesia, I have always liked and appreciated the early morning call to prayers from the local mosque, although I have to admit, with all respect, that the imam of this particular mosque could benefit from some singing lessons. There is a free shuttle service into the Night Bazaar each evening at 19.00. Overall, we enjoyed five very pleasant nights in a neat and attractive boutique hotel, with wonderful staff.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 12:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM